Can Entrepreneurship be Taught? The debate continues

Free Enterprise picked up the Wall Street Journal debate on whether or not entrepreneurship can be taught:

Victor W. Hwang, co-author of The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley and managing director of T2 Venture Capital in Silicon Valley, firmly believes that entrepreneurship cannot be taught in a regular classroom. “Why? Entrepreneurship is messy. For an entrepreneur, there are rarely clear-cut right or wrong decisions day to day. Real life gives entrepreneurs the ability to better make those kinds of judgment calls,” he told Wall Street Journal.

Hwang believes comparisons to traditional business education don’t hold up because many critical entrepreneurial skills, like understanding people, can’t be fully developed in the span of a semester or even a few years. He is aware of the recent boom in entrepreneurship education, but says that teaching entrepreneurs to avoid failure may actually cause harm to them. Entrepreneurs hone their craft through experimentation and collaboration, and helping entrepreneurs teach themselves is a better idea than trying to teach them in a traditional sense.


What do you think? We’re looking forward to hearing your perspectives in the comments.

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